London, the principal financial center of the planet (alongside New York City’s Wall Street), is an energetic, world cultural capital. It is the capital of England and is the UK’s largest city.
With more than 300 languages spoken inside the city’s boundaries, London is home to a diverse range of people and cultures. As a hub of business, commerce, fashion and art, its dynamism is second to none. Yet, despite its colossal size and unbounded energy, London is an easy place to call your own.
Its boroughs offer a spectrum of distinct flavors, from the lively palette and bohemian feel of Camden, hips streets of Islington, to the chic Chelsea or calmer residential area of Hampstead. Whatever you are looking for, you’ll find it in London. With the world’s biggest airport complex, national train and bus network, and with its Eurostar train connection to the continent, this is a city geared for business, leisure and cultural pleasure.
What is special or unique about your city?
London is a fascinating, vibrant city. It is steeped in rich ancient history, much of it centuries old. It is the largest city in Europe with over eight million people, it is also the nation's financial, governmental and publishing center. The city has a very ethnically-diverse population, and more languages are spoken there than anywhere else in the world, making it one of the most interesting places you are likely to visit.
With its famous landmarks and attractions, such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and shiny glass-walled Shard, there is plenty to do and enjoy in London.
What are a newcomer's first impressions of your city?
A newcomer to London is usually struck by how big the city is. It is also interesting that many lifestyles live close to each other and, as such, most areas of London are quite eclectic.
Are these impressions likely to change?
Most people end up loving the city and try to stay longer!
What is the local language?
English. A wide variety of languages are also spoken in the city due to its diverse population.
How easily could I live in this city without knowing this language?
It is strongly recommended that newcomers learn at least conversational English.
What are good things to remember in order to avoid offending the other residents of this city?
Londoners have a great sense of humor and are usually very polite. Because of the variety of nationalities, religions and beliefs represented in the city, it is best to always be courteous, polite and aware of the many different cultures.
How might the local weather affect my daily life?
England has unpredictable weather! London receives a lot of rainfall and is cool from November to April. From May to October, the warm weather arrives and the city can experience some wonderful warm sunshine. Apart from infrequent gales and strong winds, the country does not suffer from extreme weather or natural disasters.
Is there anything else I should know about the overall character of your city or its people?
London combines a wonderful mix of new and old, with some historical buildings and structures (such as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral) to neighboring modern office complexes and new structures (such as the newly-built mirrored building known as the 'Gherkin' -- named so because of its shape).
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